Symposium: Telecoupling People and Landscapes among Distant Places around the World


People and landscapes in different places around the world are increasingly telecoupled through flows of information, matter, energy, organisms, and various types of capital (e.g., humans, financial). Such telecouplings (socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances) can have profound impacts on landscape patterns. The integrated telecoupling framework helps to provide novel perspectives on how people and landscapes in one place can have enormous influences on those far away, and on how distant feedbacks shape socio-environmental patterns and dynamics across local to global scales. It treats landscapes and people in each place as a coupled human and natural system, and those in different places together as telecoupled human and natural systems. It also is a systematic analytic lens to detect and understand hidden mechanisms behind landscape heterogeneity and socio-environmental changes. The goal of this symposium is to highlight applications of the telecoupling framework to address important issues relevant to people, places, and patterns, such as distant supply of and demand for ecosystem services and natural resources, conservation, international trade, and tourism. We hope that these presentations will stimulate more research on this rapidly developing frontier and provide useful information for more effective governance and management for landscape sustainability and human well-being.

Organizers: Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Anna Herzberger, Jing Sun

Monday, April 10, 2017, US-IALE conference, Baltimore, Md.